Texas Reskilling and Upskilling for Education (TRUE) Institutional Capacity Grants

Texas Reskilling and Upskilling for Education (TRUE) Institutional Capacity Grants  aim to accelerate the number of high value credential opportunities offered to students that is urgently needed for economic recovery due to the COVID-19 pandemic and a future competitive workforce in Texas. 

This capacity building grant program reflects THECB’s response to the goals of SB 1102 established by the 87th Texas Legislature. The Texas Legislature stipulated required implementation upon legislative appropriation which has not occurred. Funding from the Governor’s Emergency Education Relief (GEER) Fund has been allocated to launch TRUE Institutional Capacity Grants in fall 2021.

Grants will be competitively provided to lower division public institutions of higher education or consortia of these institutions that propose a plan or the undertaking of the creation, expansion, or redesign of a postsecondary workforce credential program or programs in a growing occupational field. The credential programs proposed must be shorter than six months in duration, industry-aligned and developed with the participation of key stakeholders such as other postsecondary lower-division institutions and workforce actors such as workforce and economic development boards or associations, industry representatives or employers.

Funding Source

TRUE Institutional Capacity Grants stem from the allocation of $94.6 million provided to the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board from the Governor’s Emergency Educational Relief (GEER) Fund. GEER dollars, in turn, originate from the U.S. Department of Education’s administration of the Education Stabilization Fund in the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act of 2020. The CARES Act (HR 748/S 3548 of the 116th Congress) was signed into law on March 27, 2020.

Eligible Applicants

Only Texas public lower division institutions of higher education, including junior colleges, postsecondary technical schools, and public state colleges, or consortia of these public institutions, are eligible to apply for TRUE Institutional Capacity Grants. Consortia are defined as a collaborations or partnerships among multiple public lower division institutions of higher education.

Grant Application Information

Applications for TRUE Institutional Capacity Grants are due by 5:00 pm Central on September 30, 2021. PLEASE NOTE: The grant period for TRUE Institutional Capacity Grants has been extended from June 30, 2022 to September 30, 2022. Please incorporate this change in your grant application.

Reskilling Grantees

Point of Contact

All inquiries and communication concerning TRUE Institutional Capacity Grants and this RFA should be directed in writing via email to Reskilling@highered.texas.gov